My parents and I joined a tour of Taiwan for about a week. In this week, we spent many hours on the tour bus as we traveled throughout the entire country. To be honest, I don’t remember much of the sights (though I will attempt to put together something out of the pictures I took later) but I do remember the food. It was one big eating adventure.
Starting with… a snack at 7-11. This is from Japan but you can buy these little skewers at 7-11 and eat it in the store.
This was a really delicious dinner at the hotel we stayed at – and I have to say that it was one of the best meals we had while we were in Taiwan.
We had a flower-themed meal when we were on Alishan (famous mountain in Taiwan). Notice the flowers inside the salad here…
… and the special flower handrolls.
And then we got to try these special marinated eggs. I’m not a fan of eggs to be honest but these are famous for its long legacy at Sun Moon Lake.
Then we have the special fruit – 蓮霧 – called wax apple in English. It’s got a simple and crisp taste to it.
A standard Taiwanese meal we had that’s part of the tour package.
And the thing that I was looking forward to most in Taiwan – night markets. I didn’t realize that some of the night markets are literally right along the main streets and you have to watch out for the cars and motorbikes going by.
We had bubble tea, which is native to Taiwan and a must.
Noodle soup with a special soup that’s got a long tradition. Highly recommended by our tour guide.
Oyster pancakes. I loved the idea of them – it’s one of the things you’re supposed to eat…
… but they poured way too much soy sauce into it. Tip for next time: ask for less soy sauce.
Another must in Taiwan: Din Tai Fung’s xiaolongbao.
And it only seems right that the first time I tried Chatime (bubble tea) was in Taiwan.
And then another night market in Taiwan – 西門町 ximendeng – starting with these noodles with the crazy long line outside.
It’s not quite Taiwanese – but I got matcha ice cream.
And finally, mango shaved ice. Delicious!
And my mom got bittermelon juice, which apparently isn’t too bitter cause they add something sweet to it.
Another night market that day, starting with some dumplings.
And then on to the scrumptious beef noodle soups.
And then dad tried a special barbecued stinky tofu. Not really my thing.
A Taiwanese but Japanese-inspired meal. (Trivia: the Japanese colonized Taiwan for awhile so there’s a lot of Japanese influence in Taiwan.)
And our last meal in Taiwan – a little hole-in-the-wall place right by our hotel. Every dish was 60 Taiwanese dollars – which is less than $3 CDN. So we ordered three of them and it was delicious and so filling. Our entire meal cost less than $9!
And that’s the eating adventure. I would definitely return to Taiwan – to eat. Probably explore more of the night markets.